Microscopy

Microscopy is a precise diagnostic tool for Trichological analysis.

WHY WE USE MICROSCOPY

The microscope reveals essential information about the structure of the hair, any obvious deficiencies such as the lack of minerals and the condition of the hair. Hair is one of the body’s metabolically active tissues, often reflecting the first signs of internal problems.

Microscopy is also used to examine the hair root (bulb). Examining a sample of the live hair bulbs will give an indication of the amount of hair loss and also any further loss that may occur in the short term. Examining the root will give a good indication of what is the probable cause of the hair loss or what is interfering with the normal hair growth cycle and quality.

BENEFITS OF MICROSCOPY:

  • The microscope reveals essential information about the structure of the hair.
  • Gives essential information about the hair’s keratinic structure.
  • Shows deficiencies, such as the lack of specific minerals, (copper, magnesium, zinc and sulphur etc.).
  • Reveals the vitality and the severity of the cause of the dysfunction and precise probable reasons for the symptoms.
  • Gives an indication of the amount of hair loss and also any further loss that may occur in the short term.

 

 

ALOPECIA AREATA

An extremely common condition, affecting 1% to 2% of the population at some point in their lives. Most sufferers are children and young adults (below 40 years old), though it affects people of all ages. Female hair loss is sudden and manifests itself in small, smooth-skinned patches that gradually widen with time. It can also affect the sufferer’s nails, giving them a pitted, ridged or brittle appearance.

The exact cause is still unknown, although current theories include an auto-immune disease, stress or a genetic basis.

 

TYPES OF SCALP CONDITIONS:

DANDRUFF

Dandruff is the most common condition affecting the scalp. Skin is constantly renewing itself and dead cells from the scalp fall off as new cells form beneath them. With dandruff a greater number of cells are shed. The scalp can also be itchy. The medical name for this condition is pityriasis capitis.

SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS

Is a common, chronic condition of the scalp that affects people of all ages. The most prominent features of seborrheic dermatitis are excessive oiliness of the scalp and hair, and greasy yellowish scales.The seborrhoeic area – the scalp, the skin around the nose, the lines on the cheeks, the eyebrows, the ears and the torso – may also be red and itchy.

ITCHY AND SENSITIVE SCALPS

Sensitivity can be a result of a number of factors including:

Malfunction of sebaceous glands
Hormonal problems
Internal factors such as stress, tension, heat or cold
External factors such as unsuitable cosmetic products etc

OTHER SCALP AND HAIR CONDITIONS

Secretions from the scalp’s sebaceous and sweat glands help to keep it healthy and protected against negative external influences. Any changes in these secretions and the scalp will lose its biological equilibrium. This can lead to the following conditions:

1. Greasy Hair
Excessive secretion of either the sebaceous glands (oil) and/or apocrine glands (sweat) can lead to itching and irritation causing the hair to appear greasy, finer and limp. This can be a result of hormone imbalance.

2. Dry Scalp and Hair
Reduced secretions of the sebaceous glands (oil) have a tendency to cause the scalp to become dry and tight inducing symptoms such as itching, reddening, or sensitivity and dull brittle hair to appear.

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